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Speaking following the publication of the report by the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union said:

“The Welsh Government has waited until schools close for the summer to deliver another real-terms pay cut for teachers.

“Against a backdrop of soaring inflation and a real-terms pay loss of more than 20% over the last 12 years, teachers across Wales are set to be worse off as a result of the proposals the Minister has announced today.

“It is scandalous that many experienced teachers and school leaders are already leaving the profession and today’s announcement will do little to stop that.

“Although the Welsh Government promised devolution of pay and conditions would mean a better deal for teachers, the reality is that teachers are being asked to make do with less.

“The timing of today’s announcement during the school holidays will be questioned by teachers. If the Welsh Government believes that delaying this announcement until the start of the summer break will dissipate the anger of teachers, they are mistaken.

“The NASUWT will be looking in detail at the Welsh Government’s response to the IWPRB report and will be responding fully.

“But we will not stand by whilst teachers who have delivered so much for so many for so long are treated so badly – our members’ patience has been tested to the limit.”

Sion Amlyn, NASUWT Wales Policy and Casework Official said:

“Ministers must commit to a programme of genuine dialogue with the NASUWT and hold meaningful negotiations in order to deliver a much improved pay offer that will deliver a better deal for all teachers.

“Teachers have given their all through a pandemic, they are grappling with a cost of living crisis and their pay is nowhere near adequate in the face of the sharpest fall in living standards for decades.

“The profession deserves so much more and without proper pay restoration pupils whose education will continue to be affected by the continuing exodus of experienced teachers and headteachers.”

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